take a butcher's

take a butcher's
have (or take) a butcher's Brit. informal have a look. [ORIGIN: butcher's from butcher's hook, rhyming slang for a «look».]
Main Entry: butcher

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  • take a butcher's — have/take/a butcher’s british informal phrase to have a look at something Thesaurus: general words meaning to look or not looksynonym to look at someone in a particular wayhyponym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • have (or take) a butcher's Brit. — have (or take) a butcher s Brit. informal have a look. [butcher s from butcher s hook, rhyming sl. for a look .] → butcher …   English new terms dictionary

  • have/take a butcher's — Brit informal : to look at something This may be what we need. Have a butcher s. • • • Main Entry: ↑butcher …   Useful english dictionary

  • butcher — ► NOUN 1) a person who cuts up and sells meat as a trade. 2) a person who slaughters animals for food. 3) a person who kills brutally or indiscriminately. ► VERB 1) slaughter or cut up (an animal) for food. 2) kill (someone) brutally. 3) …   English terms dictionary

  • butcher — I UK [ˈbʊtʃə(r)] / US [ˈbʊtʃər] noun [countable] Word forms butcher : singular butcher plural butchers * 1) someone whose job is to sell meat and sometimes also to kill animals for meat. The shop they work in is called a butcher s or a butcher s… …   English dictionary

  • butcher — butch|er1 S3 [ˈbutʃə US ər] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: bouchier, from bouc male goat ] 1.) someone who owns or works in a shop that sells meat 2.) the butcher s a shop where you can buy meat 3.) someone who has killed someone else… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • butcher's — n British a look. Nearly always in the phrases have a butcher s or take a butcher s (at this) . From the rhyming slang expression butcher s hook , which is at least eighty years old and is still heard in the unabbreviated form …   Contemporary slang

  • butcher — noun a person whose trade is cutting up and selling meat in a shop. ↘a person who slaughters and cuts up animals for food. ↘a person who kills brutally. verb 1》 slaughter or cut up (an animal) for food.     ↘kill (someone) brutally. 2》 ruin… …   English new terms dictionary

  • butcher's hook — I Australian Slang 1. feeling crook; 2. a look, e.g. take a butchers at this II Cockney Rhyming Slang Look Here take a butcher s at this …   English dialects glossary

  • butcher — 1 noun (C) 1 someone who owns or works in a shop that sells meat 2 the butcher s a shop where you can buy meat 3 someone who has killed a lot of people cruelly and unnecessarily 4 have/take a butcher s BrE slang to have a look at something 2 verb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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